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July 24th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

State of the Lake

Join Dr. Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, for an entertaining public presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year.

Date: August 1, 2019

For more info, click here

Sierra Harvest: Farm Potluck at Early Bird Farm

Join Sierra Harvest for Potlucks throughout the growing season. Celebrate our local food community on a number of different farms! All potlucks take place on the first & third Thursdays of the month from 5:30-8pm.

Date: August 1, 2019

For more info, click here

Teacher Training - USFS FireWorks Mixed Conifer Forest Curriculum for all Types of Educators

Engage in activities from the USFS Sierra Nevada FireWorks curriculum • Learn how to develop phenomena based lessons supporting NGSS • Integrate best practices into place based learning • Hands-on lab exercises on fire physics, ecology, management, and more. • Appropriate for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, park rangers, camp counselors, after-school program leaders, 4-H leaders, and more.

Date: August 1-2, 2019

Please click here to register

Family Science Day

This free event will feature hands-on activities about science, the environment, and stewardship presented by local Lake Tahoe and Truckee agencies and organizations.

Date: August 3, 2019

For more info, click here

Sagehen Plant and Animal Monitoring with iNaturalist

Come help us document life in the Sagehen Basin! Sagehen Creek Field Station is seeking volunteers to help photograph plants and animals located within the 9,000 acre research reserve to post to the website iNaturalist.

Date: August 3, 2019

For more info, click here

Crayons & Paint: Art in Nature Hosted by Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host “Crayons & Paint: Art in Nature” on Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Karen’s Preserve near Lake Crowley. This will be a fun morning of nature games, colorful art projects, a live-painting demonstration with local artist Lynn Marit Peterson and an optional picnic lunch. Children ages 5 – 12 and their families are welcome. To RSVP please contact Marie at or call (760) 873 – 4554.

Date: August 10, 2019

For more info, click here

The Human Element

A new and compelling documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE.

Date: August 16, 2019

For more info, click here

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Mountain Area Preservation - Development Director

The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for the strategic oversight, development, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program that secures the financial resources needed to support Mountain Area Preservation’s land use and environmental advocacy work.

For more info, click here.

American Rivers - Various Positions

American Rivers is hiring multiple positions. Two are located in Nevada City.

For more info, click here.

Watercraft Inspection Program – Watercraft Inspectors

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District is looking to hire multiple positions in North Lake Tahoe, specifically for the Alpine Meadows watercraft inspection station just north of Tahoe City. Do you know anyone with drive and passion for the environment? Whether they are environmentally focused or mechanically minded, looking to start or develop a career, ages 16+ just looking for a summer job, we welcome them to become a part of our team!

For more info, click here.

Volunteers Wanted for the Reclaiming the Sierra Conference

"The Sierra Fund is gearing up for their fifth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction. It’s taking place October 16th-18th, 2019 at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley, CA and they are looking for volunteers to help with the conference. There are a variety of volunteer roles and time slots during the conference as well as pre-conference volunteer shifts in Nevada City. For people who commit to a five hour or more volunteer shift, The Sierra Fund will provide a FREE conference pass which may be used Wednesday, October 16th through Friday, October 18th. This year’s conference includes inspirational keynote speakers, presentations from professionals in their fields, live music, artwork, and a headwaters tour in the Sierra Nevada.

For more info, click here.

Nature Bridge - Full-Time Environmental Science Educator, Yosemite

NatureBridge is seeking qualified candidates for environmental science educator positions for our 2019-2020 school year programs. NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide diverse student groups with meaningful experiences in nature's classroom. Our educators have significant experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy. NatureBridge values diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to diversify our workforce and seek applications from individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada Journeys-Program Director

We are seeking a Program Director for our Classrooms Unleashed program in Reno with experience teaching formal and informal education programs. The Program Director must be a highly organized professional who can effectively facilitate incredible school and outdoor-based educational programming while managing systems and people central to the Classrooms Unleashed program.

For more info, click here.

UC Davis - Junior Specialist - Invertebrate/Fish Pool

This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries.

For more info, click here.

CDFW Law Enforcement Division Now Hiring Wildlife Officers

Are you interested in becoming a California wildlife officer? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for wildlife officers and cadets. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation.

For more info, click here.


SNAP Spotlight: Addie Drinkwater, Sierra Watershed Education Partnership


SNAP member Addie Drinkwater serves with Sierra Watershed Education Partnership (SWEP) based out of Truckee, CA as the environmental field educator. Addie double-majored in Environmental Studies with a focus and Business Administration from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Addie was fortunate to have spent her childhood on the coast of Maine, where she found her love for spending time in the mountains climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. Upon graduation, Addie road-tripped from Vermont to California, where she made the Sierra Nevada her new home.

Addie has found a new passion for teaching environmental science and stewardship, energy conservation and waste management while working with SWEP. As an outdoor enthusiast, Addie loves providing hands-on science education and outdoor opportunities to students through water quality monitoring, waste reduction projects, native planting, winter ecology, sustainability projects and more!

SWEP’s mission promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service-learning. Students in the Tahoe/Truckee region understand the environment in which they live and are empowered to take action in their community to make a positive difference. Students, together with community partners and teachers, work collaboratively to address relevant environmental and social issues.

This year, Addie facilitated weekly meetings with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) student sustainability clubs to empower students to be good global citizens working to ensure adequate resources for a clean and healthy environment. She led student waste audits, taught students about recycling, hosted native tree and seed plantings, and even assisted North Tahoe Eco-Action students with winning 2nd place in the McConkey Eco-Challenge by reducing energy use by 16% during lights-out campaign. Addie has supported students towards making tangible differences in their school, home, and in the world at large.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is a proud partner of the "Host site." The SNAP Program helps strengthen conservation efforts across the Sierra by providing work force capacity support. SNAP Members are Alliance staff placed to serve, annual terms, at over 16 conservation sites across the Sierra. Project work at each site is implementing prioritized watershed projects ranked through a competitive application process. Many SNAP Members go on to become conservation leaders in the region and state.

Now Hiring 2019-2020 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Cohort


Are you inspired by Addie's story? Do you want to serve Sierra watersheds and Sierra communities? Become a 2019-2020 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Member. Sierra Nevada Alliance is hiring the SNAP 2019-2020 cohort that will serve from October 16th, 2019 to September 19th, 2020. Applications are due July 31st. Click here to learn more.


Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program

The Working Lands and Riparian Corridors program aims to protect, restore, and enhance working lands and riparian corridors through conservation easements or other conservation actions on agricultural lands.

Learn more here.

Stream Flow Enhancement Program (Proposition 1)

California voters approved the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) to provide funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan, which are: more reliable water supplies, the restoration of important species and habitat, and a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

Learn more here.

Working Lands and Riparian Corridors: Land Trust Capacity and Project Development

The Department of Conservation has $950,000 available for grants that will build land trust and other agricultural non-profit capacity to initiate and conduct agricultural land conservation activities. Capacity grants must achieve the following objectives: -Increase the pace and scale of agricultural land conservation throughout the state -Support climate adaptation and resilience via agricultural land conservation.

Learn more here.

A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

The purpose of this handbook is to demonstrate how climate change considerations can be integrated into planning and design for Sierra meadow restoration projects and provide recommendations of best management practices to ensure restored meadows are resilient to climate change.

Learn more here.

Applied Science Grants

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation has funding available for Applied Science Grants. The Applied Science Grants Funding Opportunity seeks proposals to develop tools and information to support the management of water resources for multiple uses. Projects funded under Applied Science Grants inform how drought impacts water management, develop tools and information to inform watershed management, and develop platforms to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers in the West.

Learn more here.

Call for Abstracts for the "Montane Meadows: Geomorphic and Hydrologic Contributions they Provide to River Systems"

Session Description: Montane meadows form in geologic basins or valleys where fluvial and aeolian deposits accumulate. They form in high to low-elevation montane environments and often host headwater springs or receive tributary inputs. Meadows can range in size from a few to thousands of hectares. They have been linked to sediment storage and seasonal hydrograph buffering for downstream rivers. Surface and groundwater hydrology of functioning meadows provide wet or seasonally-wet conditions that support vegetation communities which attract migrating and residential aquatic, terrestrial and avian species, especially in arid regions. Historically, beaver likely played an integral role in meadow development in North America and Eurasia. Anthropogenic activities including grazing, extirpation of predators, and road building have resulted in wide-spread meadow degradation.

This session is seeking abstracts that contribute to our understanding of montane meadow geomorphology, hydrology, and restoration. This area of study is critical in the face of climate-change-predicted droughts and flooding.

Session Conveners: Pollyanna Lind, PhD – Inter-Fluve; Sarah Yarnell, PhD – UC Davis; Damion Ciotti MS – USFWS.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 31 July at 23:59 EDT.

Learn more here.

Forest Health Grant Program

The Forest Health grant program supports forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits, consistent with the following purposes: Reducing wildfire risks, protecting communities and their watersheds, and promoting watershed health, Protecting and restoring rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, and greenhouse gas reduction. Deadline August 5, 2019

Learn more here.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

California Needs Real Climate Leadership. Here’s How Gov. Newsom Can Step Up
Deborah A. Sivas, The Sacramento Bee, July 17, 2019

Quick Link: The governor should – and legally can – do more to speed California’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances
Daniel Cusick, E&E News, July 18, 2019

Quick Link: Climate-related disasters are happening more frequently and affecting a broad cross-section of the economy.


‘Sticker Shock’ for California Wildfire Areas: Insurance Rates Doubled, Policies Dropped
Dale Kasler, Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2019

Quick Link: Jennifer Burt knows she lives in a fire-prone community. That’s why she’s done everything she can to fire-proof her home in Meadow Vista, in the bushy, densely wooded Placer County foothills, even installing a sprinkler system on the roof.

Continued Efforts to Bolster Wireless Infrastructure as California Officials Brace for Wildfire Season
Alan Hearty, National Law Review, July 15, 2019,

Quick Link: California has been plagued by devastating wildfires over the past two summers, with the 2018 Camp Fire the deadliest and most destructive on record.


Daffodil Hill is Closed Indefinitely, Owners Say
SF Gate, KCRA Staff, July 15, 2019

Quick Link: Daffodil Hill at McLaughlin Ranch in Volcano draws thousands of visitors when plants are in bloom, beginning in mid-March. The tourist site in Amador County has closed indefinitely because the area's infrastructure can't keep up with its overwhelming popularity, the owners announced Monday.

Sonora Event for Kids Will Celebrate Smokey’s 75th Birthday
David Garza, The Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2019

Quick Link: The scenic Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park’s only road over the Sierra Nevada – will reopen, with limited access.


DWR Approves Nine Alternatives to Groundwater Sustainability Plans
Cal Department of Water Resources, July 17, 2019

Quick Link: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced approval of nine alternatives to groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) submitted by water agencies to meet requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Paradise Irrigation District Makes Progress Restoring Water System
Trevor Faye, KRCR News, July 15th, 2019

Quick Link: The Paradise Irrigation District held a community meeting at the Paradise Alliance Church on Monday to update Camp Fire survivors on their water recovery efforts.


The 1,000th California condor has hatched in a victory for the species that nearly went extinct
Scottie Andrew and Brian Ries, CNN, July 22, 2019

Quick Link: In May, California condor 409 (pictured) hatched the 1,000th condor chick since efforts to recover the critically endangered species began in the 1980s.

Salmon Study May Foil Trump’s Plan to Boost Water Deliveries to Central Valley Farms
Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2019

Quick Link: Federal biologists worked frantically this year to meet a deadline to assess the environmental impacts of Trump administration plans to send more water to Central Valley farmers.


The Ahwahnee is Back: Yosemite Reclaims Historic Names in Trademark Settlement
Carmen George, The Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2019

Quick Link: Yosemite National Park will get the historic names of its properties back in a civil lawsuit settlement reached between the National Park Service and Yosemite’s former concessionaire, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite.

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